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Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes by photographer Jerry Uelsmann.

“Photography is just light remembering itself.” – Jerry Uelsmann

“The camera is a license to explore.” – Jerry Uelsmann

“There are no uninteresting things. There are just uninterested people.” – Jerry Uelsmann

“I try to begin working with no preconceived ideas.” – Jerry Uelsmann

“When the entire process becomes a prescribed ritual that does not allow for spontaneous variations and reactions, the vitality of the medium and our relation to it suffers.” – Jerry Uelsmann

“Let us not be afraid to allow for “post-visualization.” By post-visualization I refer to the willingness on the part of the photographer to revisualize the final image at any point in the entire photographic process.” – Jerry Uelsmann

“It is the illusion of knowledge, not ignorance, that keeps one from growing.” – Jerry Uelsmann

“The goal of the artist is not to resolve life’s mysteries, but to deepen them.” – Jerry Uelsmann

“In the arts there are many right answers.” – Jerry Uelsmann

“The truth is that one is more frequently blessed with ideas while working.” – Jerry Uelsmann

“I’ve learned over the years that when you get a clue to another possibility to follow it through…” – Jerry Uelsmann

“The camera is a fluid way of encountering that other reality.” – Jerry Uelsmann

“My visual quest is driven by a desire to create a universe capable of supporting feelings and ideas.” – Jerry Uelsmann

“I think of many of my photographs as being obviously symbolic but not symbolically obvious. There isn’t any specific correlation between the symbols in this image and any content that I have in mind.” – Jerry Uelsmann

“One of the major changes in attitude that occurred in the world of art as we moved from the nineteenth into the twentieth century was that the twentieth century artist became more involved with personal expression than with celebrating exclusively the values of the society or the church. Along with this change came a broader acceptance of the belief that the artist can invent a reality that is more meaningful than the one that is literally given to the eye. I subscribe enthusiastically to this.” – Jerry Uelsmann

“The contemporary artist…is not bound to a fully conceived, previsioned end. His mind is kept alert to in-process discovery and a working rapport is established between the artist and his creation. While it may be true, as Nathan Lyons stated, ‘The eye and the camera see more than the mind knows,’ is it not also conceivable that the mind knows more than the eye and the camera can see?” – Jerry Uelsmann

“All knowledge is self-reflective.” – Jerry Uelsmann

“I’m really very concerned with helping to create an attitude of freedom and daring toward the craft of photography.” – Jerry Uelsmann

“Ultimately, my hope is to amaze myself. The anticipation of discovering new possibilities becomes my greatest joy.” – Jerry Uelsmann

“I have gradually confused photography with life.” – Jerry Uelsmann

“The creative process can sustain itself throughout the entire celebration of photography.” – Jerry Uelsmann

Read my conversation with Jerry Uelsmann here.

Read more Photographer’s Quotes here.


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